playThe City of Beaumont has been named a “Playful City USA” community by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization dedicated to play for America’s children.

The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honors cities, towns and communities across America that are taking bold steps to ensure that all children — especially the 16 million American kids living in poverty — have easy access to balanced and active play in their communities. Cities recognized span every region of the country, and include Washington, Chicago, Nashville, Austin, San Francisco, and New York City. 212 cities and towns across the country received the designation, 16 of them in Texas.

“We are thrilled that the City of Beaumont has been recognized for its continuing efforts to make play a priority,” said Ryan Slott, Director of Parks and Recreation. “Our ongoing planning throughout the park system — which includes open spaces and active play areas — is possible thanks to Mayor Becky Ames, our City Council, and City Manager Kyle Hayes, who have all supported our vision to make Beaumont a great place to play.”

The city’s Parks and Recreation Department oversees 37 parks, as well as recreation programs and amenities for kids and adults . In 2013, the Rotary Club and the city celebrated the opening of Rotary Centennial Playground, a barrier-free playground designed to accommodate all children, including those with developmental and physical disabilities, and young children who would have difficulties navigating traditional playground equipment.

Slott said his staff plays a vital role in providing opportunities for maintaining an active lifestyle in Beaumont.

I am beyond proud of the Parks and Recreation Department employees, who are always committed to providing the best service possible.

For a complete listing of city parks, visit beaumontrecreation.com.